VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Two members of the Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team were named Third Team All-South Region members by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings for their performances during the 2019 season. Jacob Pilarski was tabbed as a pitcher while Jordan McDonough was named the Third Team's first baseman.
A First Team All-ODAC selection, Pilarski churned out another dominating season. On the mound, the junior was a force, racking up nine wins which is second among ODAC pitchers. His strikeout total was among the best in the conference best as well, punching out 82 batters (the most of his career). The righty has also saw a couple relief opportunities, collecting a pair of saves on the season. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native also moved his way up a few lists in the VWU record books, working the third-most innings in a season (91.0), collecting the second-most wins (9) and tossing the third-most strikeouts (82). Pilarski also got to work at the dish, boasting the second best batting average on the squad (.331) and racking up 39 hits and 18 RBI.
McDonough was a tremendous acquisition for Coach Francis' squad, transferring to VWU for his final collegiate season. The Cincinnati, Ohio native topped the squad (and ranks fourth in the conference) with a .387 batting average. In just his first year donning a Marlin uniform, McDonough has belted a team-high 60 hits as well as a team-high seven home runs. One of his top moments came in back-to-back games as he batted in the game-winning win against Lynchburg, before crushing a walk off homer against North Carolina Wesleyan. McDonough has also been a rock at first base, accruing 319 putouts without producing a single error.